Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 2GB
England

Website

www.nottinghamcontemporary.org

E-mail

info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

Telephone

0115 948 9750

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Nottingham Contemporary
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Our building has been designed by the award winning architects Caruso St John. It has four galleries, superb education and study areas, a performance space, a café-bar and shop.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Our Opening Hours from 14 November 2009

Mondays Closed (Shop Open)
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturdays 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am – 6pm

Admission charges

FREE

Collection details

Archives, Architecture, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Inside Carol Rama, 2012 – 2014 © Bepi Ghiotti

Bepi Ghiotti - Inside Carol Rama

  • 19 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

A selection of these works will be shown in The Study for the duration of her exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/bepi-ghiotti

Carol Rama, Untitled, 1971 – 2004. Private Collection. © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

Carol Rama

  • 19 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

Her autobiographical, explicitly female approach mirrors that of other artists of her time, such as Louise Bourgeois. Considered too radical for the fascist dominated Italy she grew up in, her work didn’t receive international attention until the end of the 90s. She received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, and her work is now shown in major art galleries around the world. A self-taught artist, she began painting watercolours as a form of therapy. In 1933, when Rama was 15, her mother was admitted to a psychiatric clinic. She has stated that she began her “vulgar” drawings then, fascinated by the female patients who wandered the wards half naked. These transgressive, psychosexual images challenged state censorship, and her first exhibition, held in Turin in 1945, was shut down.

Featuring over 50 of her artworks, this exhibition has been curated by Irene Aristizábal in response to Danh Võ’s work, a great admirer of Carol Rama. Rama is now 95 and lives in Turin. Photographs of her legendary studio, taken by Bepi Ghiotti, will be shown in The Study, off Gallery 1.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/carol-rama

Andrew Gillespie, Cover 4, 2014 (For CO, an exhibition concept by Tom Godfrey for the Small Collections Room)

Andrew Gillespie CO, An exhibition concept by Tom Godfrey

  • 19 July — 7 September 2014 *on now

Inspired by the historical legacy of the four highly decorated display cabinets, he has worked with contemporary designer Andrew Gillespie to design covers that will bring life to the space as they shift and settle over time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/andrew-gillespie-co

Danh Võ, Fabulous Muscles, 2013. Writing by Phung Võ. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Danh Võ, Porto

Danh Võ

  • 19 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

His artworks reflect on the paradoxes inherent in the construction of identity. His use of objects evokes the historical circumstances that shape contemporary life. “I don’t believe that things come from within you. To me things come out of the continuous dialogue you have with your surroundings,” he has said. Danh Võ was born on the island of Phu Quoc, South Vietnam in 1975 and eventually granted political asylum in Denmark, where he was raised. Since 2009 Võ has been collaborating with his father, Phung Võ, a skilled calligrapher, who has made new works for the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/danh-v%C3%B5

Unmastered / Remastered

Appassionat* - Unmastered/Remastered

  • 17 September 2014 7:15-8:30pm

Katherine Angel’s collection of non-fiction writings on feminism and sexuality. Featuring the author in collaboration with The Blackburn Company

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free. Book online.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/unmastered-remastered

Open Barbers pop-up, 2013. Photo by Eva J. Gala © Open Barbers

Open Barbers

  • 24 September 2014 11am-6pm

They will create a positive space for individual identity – avoiding gender stereotypes and expectations based on physical appearance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free to enter, pay what you can for service.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/open-barbers

'A Visual Discussion' by Bartram O'Neill 2012 photograph by Rebecca Gamble.

In Dialogue

  • 2 — 4 October 2014

Taking place over three days and incorporating presentations, performances and workshops, it will begin at Nottingham Contemporary and continue off-site at Backlit and Primary. Delegates are also considered to be participants, contributing to an ongoing exchange.

Admission

Free, book online.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/dialogue-2014

Agnieszka Polska, I Am the Mouth, (film still) 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Zak, Branicka, Berlin.

Agnieszka Polska

  • 18 October 2014 — 4 January 2015

Polish artist Agnieszka Polska is interested in the processes by which things come to be forgotten, whether through lack of archiving or deliberate political amnesia – particularly in the post-War era when communist societies became capitalist.

Her beautifully crafted animated videos revisit forgotten events in art or general history. She also examines how things are recreated in the present through myth, memory and imagination.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/agnieszka-polska

Raphael Hefti, from the series Lycopodium 2013. Courtesy the artist and Ancient&Modern

Coming Soon: Raphael Hefti

  • 18 October 2014 — 4 January 2015

Like a medieval alchemist Swiss artist Raphael Hefti uses industrial and scientific knowledge to wondrous effect. Originally trained as an engineer, he pushes physical, chemical and biological processes to their limits in making his extraordinary sculptures and photographs. He burns plant spores over photographic paper, so that the images look like exploding stars. By multiplying the processes used to make glass he creates beautiful sculptures. His work is minimalist, but suggests the cosmic.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, just turn up.

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/raphael-hefti

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A Swarm of Ancient Stars

Summer Holidays: Who Are We?

  • 31 August 2014 11am-3pm *on now

Answer our big question with art. Make a life-sized cut out of yourself in our Psychedlic Question Zone, think of some of your own big questions about you, your family and the world we live in, such as...

How big is the earth? What is at the end of the rainbow? Where do we come from? How many stars are in the sky? Are we alone in the universe? How tall will I grow?

Take your picture in our magic mirror - and see it online later!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, just drop in. Closed on Mondays.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/free-family-activities-who-are-we

Eanna O Ceallachain

Eanna O’Ceallachain

  • 3 September 2014 12-12:45pm

Eanna O Ceallchain, Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Glasgow, leads a tour of the Carol Rama exhibition looking at the relationship between Rama and her friend and collaborator, the avant-garde poet Edoardo Sanguineti (1930 - 2010).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, no need to book, just join us in the galleries!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/eanna-o-ceallachain

Danh Võ, Good Life, 2007. City Boys, Saigon, 1962. Collection Alpegiani, Torino.

Adam Carr

  • 17 September 2014 6-6:45pm

Adam Carr, Curator at Mostyn, is the author of numerous texts on Dan Võ's work and leads a tour of Võ's show drawing on his experience of working with the artist.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

No need to book, just join us in the galleries!

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/adam-carr

Image: www.foundland.info

Shut Up, Actually Talk

  • 28 September 2014 6-7pm

Fumai’s radical feminist freak-show sees the words of Italian philosopher Carla Lonzi’s Second Rivolta Femminile (Female Revolt) Manifesto channelled through the body of nineteenth century sideshow freak Zalumma Agra. For adult audiences. Free, limited capacity, booking required.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, limited capacity, booking required

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/shut-actually-talk

photograph of woman in ww1 clothing

Trent to Trenches: My Story

  • 25 October 2014 From 11am

100 years on we continue to remember the events of the First World War and the stories of those who lived during that time.

Work with a storyteller and the play and learn team at Nottingham Contemporary to create a huge book of memories to record moments from your life that could be shared with others during the next 100 years.

A free drop-in family activity for all age.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/eleven

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Young People's Programme

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/education2/future/

Starting in January 2009 Nottingham Contemporary will be running a course for young people aged between 13 and 23 to help them act as arts instigators. They will be trained to design, co-ordinate and deliver a programme of activity for other young people. It will also give them an opportunity to take part in the Arts Council’s arts award scheme.

How to obtain

For more information contact info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

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